Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the  Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a  century of cinema.

Traveling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North,  Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s  understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

Reel Injun traces the evolution of  cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today, with  clips from hundreds of classic and recent Hollywood movies, and candid  interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native film celebrities, activists,  film critics and historians.

Diamond meets with Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A  Fistful of Dollars, Unforgiven) at his studios in Burbank, California,  where the film legend discusses the evolution of the image of Indians in  Westerns and what cowboy-and-Indian myths mean to America. Reel  Injun also hears from legendary Native American  activists John Trudell, Russell Means and Sacheen Littlefeather.

Celebrities featured in Reel Injun include  Robbie Robertson, the half-Jewish, half-Mohawk musician and soundtrack  composer (Raging Bull, Casino, Gangs of New York), Cherokee actor Wes  Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo), filmmakers Jim Jarmusch (Dead  Man) and Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals) and acclaimed Native actors  Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, Thunderheart) and Adam Beach (Smoke  Signals, Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers). Diamond  also travels North to the remote Nunavut town of Igloolik (population: 1500)  to interview Zacharias Kunuk, director of the Caméra d’or-winning The  Fast Runner.  

Reel Injun’s humour and star power is balanced  with insightful commentary from film critics and historians, including CBC  film critic Jesse Wente, Angela Aleiss, author and scholar of  American Indian Studies, and Melinda Micco, associate professor of ethnic  studies at Mills College in California.

In Reel Injun, Diamond takes  the audience on a journey across America to some of cinema’s most iconic  landscapes, including Monument Valley, the setting for Hollywood’s greatest  Westerns, and the Black Hills of South Dakota, home to Crazy Horse and  countless movie legends. Was Crazy Horse the inspiration for the mystical  warrior stereotype? In search of answers, we meet his descendants on the  desperately poor Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota.

Reel Injun traces the evolution of  cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today, only to  find the future of Native cinema in the unlikeliest of places – Canada’s North.

It’s a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared  in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories  their own way.

Hollywood is notorious for helping people feel okay about the systematic racism and normalization of genocide amongst Indigenous people in North America. I strongly suggest watching this documentary for a holistic understanding of the portrayal of Natives in Hollywood. Educate yourselves. I’ve sourced and linked the documentary Reel Injun above. #NotYourHollywoodIndian

Des citoyens de Bathurst se rassemblent devant la Cathédrale du Sacré-Cœur pour souhaiter un dernier adieu à Mgr Alfred Trudel, décédé à l'Hôtel-Dieu le 3 mai 1951. Mgr Trudel avait été curé de la Paroisse Sainte-Famille de Bathurst-Ouest.

Citizens of Bathurst gather in front of Sacred Heart Cathedral to bid a final farewell to Msgr Alfred Trudel who passed away at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital on May 3, 1951. Msgr Trudel had been pastor for a number of years at Holy Family Church.

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Racism and resistance in the US after Ferguson


Megan Trudell

In August 2014 unarmed 18 year old black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson. Brown was shot six times including twice to the head, despite having his hands up in surrender, and left dead in the street for four and a half hours. The killing and the state of emergency and curfew that Democrat governor Jay Nixon then imposed sparked two weeks of uprising in the town. Again in November, when the grand jury verdict not to indict Wilson was announced, a state of emergency was imposed and the National Guard was called in to Ferguson. On both occasions protesters faced police who were using tear gas, rubber bullets, armoured vehicles and helicopters—and fought back. Over 300 people were arrested in all, including journalists trying to report on events as well as many of the movement’s activists. In the months since, Ferguson has become a byword for police violence and racism, and a symbol of revolt against institutional racism in the United States.

Since the killings of Brown, John Crawford in Ohio and Eric Garner in New York in summer 2014, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which started as a hashtag after the shooting of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2013 and the acquittal for his murder of George Zimmerman, a gated community neighbourhood watch coordinator, has mushroomed into a national phenomenon. In December last year 100,000 marched in New York after the grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who killed Garner. The slogans “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “I Can’t Breathe” (the last words of Brown and Garner respectively) are now instantly recognisable symbols of the growing resistance to police violence in the US.

Events in Ferguson have exposed the iceberg of systematic police murder and assault against black people. In just three weeks in March 2015, police shot and killed a homeless man in Los Angeles; 18 year old Brandon Jones in Cleveland, Ohio; 27 year old Anthony Hill, a US Air Force veteran, in Atlanta, Georgia; Naeschylus Vinzant, 37, in Aurora, Colorado; and 19 year old student Anthony Robinson in Madison, Wisconsin. There have been daily demonstrations in Madison since Robinson’s death on 6 March. University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was badly beaten by Alcoholic Beverage Control officers outside a pub—an assault that has also sparked ongoing protests.

In this anniversary year of the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and the introduction of the Voting Rights Act, the civil rights movement’s acceptability as history is one thing, but—as the furore that greeted the cast of Ava DuVernay’s film Selma for wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts to the New York premiere in December ­indicates—contemporary resonances are quite another. The reality is that despite the real gains of the movement in the 1960s, Martin Luther King’s powerful indictment in 1963 that “the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land” remains true.

The protests are different from many riots against incidences of police brutality over the last few decades—what King called “the language of the unheard”. The rebellion in Los Angeles in 1992 after the murder of Rodney King was itself significant in its involvement of black, white and Latino people and exposure of police racism, but it remained localised. Some 20 years later the gradual changes in US capitalism over three decades have reached a tipping point at a national level that has the potential to coalesce into a movement for significant change—a transformation of quantity into quality.

The Ferguson events were rooted in the specific political, social and economic landscape of Missouri. But the uprising resonated with people in cities and towns across the US because of widespread experience of a combined assault on black Americans made up of unaccountable, ­government-backed police violence and killings; the increased militarisation of the police and extension of the war zone from Afghanistan and Iraq to Washington and Missouri; continued and intensified segregation and marginalisation; criminalisation and mass incarceration. The shattering of deeply held political hopes in Barack Obama to bring change, and the absorption of the political ideas and language of the anti-capitalist and Occupy movements have elevated the question of class to a central place in the demands and attitudes of the movement.

The police murders in Ferguson and New York and the protests that followed have exposed the “colour blind nation” rhetoric of the right for the facade that it is, have put systematic and regular state violence under the national and international spotlight and have—most crucially—provided the catalyst for the emergence of a new movement and new organisations demanding an end to the structures of racism in the US.

State violence

For a country in which a lot of black people are killed by police, it is very difficult to get precise data on numbers or patterns…….

Read on:-

Vue intérieure de l'église Sainte-Famille de Bathurst-Ouest. Cette photo est à comparer avec P214/012 qui montre l'intérieur avant les travaux importants de décoration faits en 1936 par l'artiste Guido Nincheri de Montréal. Les travaux avaient été entrepris sous le pastorat de Mgr Alfred J. Trudel. On remarquera surtout le tableau au dessus du maître-autel qui est maintenant différent et de forme rectangulaire. 

Interior view of Holy Family Church in West Bathurst. This photo should be compared with P214/012 which showed the interior prior to the important redecoration carried out in 1936 by the Montreal artist Guido Nincheri. These renovations had been done during the mandate of Pastor Msgr Alfred J. Trudel. Note especially the large canvas of the Holy Family over the Main Altar which had been replaced completely. 


MTG Winning Legacy Decklist ~ [APR 12]

4-Color Loam by Ariel Cavanagh-Trudel

Main Deck

3 Dark Confidant
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Gaddock Teeg
4 Knight of the Reliquary

3 Liliana of the Veil

1 Sylvan Library

4 Mox Diamond
4 Chalice of the Void

3 Punishing Fire
3 Abrupt Decay
3 Life from the Loam
3 Burning Wish
1 Green Sun’s Zenith

4 Wasteland
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Grove of the Burnwillows
2 Bayou
2 Scrubland
2 Taiga
2 Tranquil Thicket
2 Barren Moor
1 Karakas
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Volrath’s Stronghold
1 Forest
1 Dryad Arbor


1 Shattering Spree
1 Containment Priest
1 Gaddock Teeg
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Life from the Loam
2 Ethersworn Canonist
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Massacre
1 Reverent Silence
1 Slaughter Games

“We have never really seen the war go away… if you’re dying from the 7th Cavalry’s bullets, if you’re dying from induced poverty and racism, and class systems, and sex systems, and if you’re dying from alcoholism… or someone has come now in the name of maximizing their profit and they’re getting you to work in the mines, the uranium mines, and you’re dying from lung cancer, and you’re dying from the cancers and the diseases that come out of that- YOU’RE DYING. It’s the same as the bullet killing you, and I see that all as a WAR.“



So, here they are, Karen Young and Marianne Trudel, singing Joni Mitchell in a slightly less intimate setting. 


she was
and out
of breath
the wind
tossing her
wild around
before calming
her down
to sense
right from wrong
and the mistakes
just to know
wrong from right
she never learned
in which order
love longed
she meant
no harm
when questioning
and hurt feelings
knowing she
a little better
than this
she moved
like smoke
and wept
drizzling rain
her persevering
in reckless moments
outliving pain
her adobe
last cry
left fist
in the air
standing up
for what’s left
of her brokenness
in flowers
and word
she felt
her way
the rubble
of her own
salvaging blessings
leaving nicks
on her
being written
with sticks
in dirt
stacking ache
in heart
her baring
to sun
wanting heat
frozen flower
any hope
for one more
her reckless
of surviving
when outlasting

c/s tara evonne trudell

Historical Events

1914 - US President W Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary; Congress approves
1951 - Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
1991 - “Les Miserables” opens at Odense Teater, Odense
1996 - Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
2007 - Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
2013 - Giorgio Napolitano is re-elected President of Italy

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Famous Birthdays

1866 - Victor Hollaender, composer
1882 - Holland Smith, U.S. General (d. 1967)
1919 - Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (d. 1943)
1948 - Rémy Trudel, French Canadian politician
1949 - Michal, rocker
1973 - Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter

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Famous Deaths

1314 - Clement V, [Bertrand Got], pope (1305-14) move papacy to Avignon, dies
1317 - Agnes van Montepulciano, Italian mystic/saint, dies
1786 - John Goodricke, English deaf and dumb astronomer, dies at 21
1935 - Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter, dies at 92
1992 - Benny Hill, comedian (Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 67
1992 - Johnny Shines, Delta blues singer/guitarist, dies at 76

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And here’s another, more intimate one, pretty much as it was last Friday.